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The EPA's science office just removed the word 'science' from its mission statement

These changes and others have been documented by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI). On March 7, EDGI shared this deletion with the New Republic and Gretchen Gehrke, a member of the EDGI website tracking team, provided some commentary on the change.<p>"This is probably the most …

How A Smart Grid Relies On Customer Demand Response To Manage Wind And Solar

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently predicted a power system shift from one built around large fuel-based generators to one with variable renewable generators as its backbone. While wind and solar’s growth creates financial opportunity, they also open the door for new investment and …

Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Words of comfort and compassion from Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens.<p><i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her classic memoir of loss. But however uncertain its guise may …

Google Is Making AI That Can Make More AI

There's no way this could go wrong.<p>Designing a good artificial intelligence is hard. For a company like Google, which relies heavily on AI, designing the best possible AI software is crucial. And who better to design an AI than another AI?<p>If you said "literally anyone else" you might be right, but …

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

Chemistry

Bananas could be on the edge of extinction

There is a major event affecting the world's banana supply. If the disease succeeds, we could be left without the bananas we grew up with.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

Trump's Energy Blitz

By some measures, US shale already seems pretty victorious. By most accounts, US shale has benefited greatly as a result of the Saudi-led oil …

Fossil Fuels

Family Lives in the Arctic Circle by Building Cob House in a Solar Geodesic Dome

The Arctic Circle conjures up images of extreme weather conditions, but one family has managed to create their own cozy oasis in the far reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway's Sandhornøya island, where they started their journey into sustainable living, since 2013. …

Arctic Circle

Let's Colonize Titan

The idea of a human colony on Titan, a moon of Saturn, might sound crazy. Its temperature hovers at nearly 300° below zero Fahrenheit, and its skies …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

43 pallet ideas that you can directly copy

Throughout the world—and particularly Hong Kong—there is a growing awareness of the environment and the need to protect it for future generations. …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice for Living

“Did you always want to be a judge” or, more exorbitantly, “a Supreme Court justice?” Schoolchildren visiting me at the court, as they do at least weekly, ask that question more than any other. It is a sign of huge progress made. To today’s youth, judgeship as an aspiration for a girl is not at all …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Are We Facing the End of Ownership as We Know It?

<b>I feel like I have more junk in my life than ever before. Why are we talking about the end of ownership?</b><p>That’s a complicated question, but let’s …

Working Over 25 Hours a Week Can Hurt Your Brain (Especially If You're Over 40)

It's no surprise that being overworked can be hazardous to your health, but science is now saying that you should be working less -- much less.<p>Burning the candle at both ends is almost a rite of passage as an executive, business owner, or entrepreneur -- at some point applies to any profession, …

‘The most singular of all the things that we have found’: Clouds study alarms scientists

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>This story has been updated.</i><p>Every week, there are many new scientific studies published relating to climate change. It is a big field, a multidisciplinary field and a hot field.<p>But according to …

Research

Old Solar Panels: E-Waste Today, Gold Mines Tomorrow

<b>Published on</b> June 21st, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>5<p>Old Solar Panels: E-Waste Today, Gold Mines Tomorrow<p>June 21st, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The global solar boom has …

Important study: Waste heat is a major source of national warming, significantly pollutes climatic record

I covered a similar study back in 2008 which you can read about here. This study takes it to a national level, suggesting once again that surface …

Scientists Seek Ban On Monsanto's RoundUp

On Tuesday, a delegation of independent scientists urged the EPA to ban RoundUp, Monsanto's flagship herbicide at the O'Neill House Office Building in Washington D.C. Providing testimony that it poses an unreasonable risk to humans, animals, and the environment, scientists spoke at a closed meeting …

Glyphosate

Within Your Mind, Is There a Super Mind? Renowned Scientist Says Yes

<b>Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal</b><p>At a time when people everywhere are embracing yoga, meditation and self-development, Dr. Norman Rosenthal's new book, "Super Mind," comes as a welcome guide--not only for the seeker but anyone wishing to achieve peak performance. Dr. Rosenthal, a former 20-year …

Why I'm Optimistic About Our Climate Future

<i>The Krafla Lava Fields in Myvatn, Iceland</i><p>By Maximilian DeArmon<p>In March 2016, future leaders gathered for a few days in Iceland - the land of Vikings, volcanoes, black beaches, lava fields, green moss, ice caves, glaciers and geothermal energy. These high school students were traveling with EF …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

Professor wins $700k for solving 300-year-old math equation

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a problem that had baffled mathematicians for centuries -- until British professor Andrew Wiles set his mind to it.<p>"There are no whole number solutions to the equation xn + yn = zn when n is greater than 2."<p>READ: Meet the 10-year-old maths genius who's just enrolled at …

Princeton University

The man who made 'the worst video game in history'

<b>The video game of Steven Spielberg's ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events</b> …

7 things a sleep scientist does to get a good night's sleep

Sleep is one of the most fundamental and basic things humans do. Without it, we'd literally die.<p>But many find it extremely challenging to not only get an adequate and consistent amount of sleep every night, but to do it well.<p>We turned to an expert — sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, an associate …

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

A researcher may have found a way to treat sleep-paralysis, the terrifying experience of waking up unable to move

Annalia first heard the creature slip into her bedroom when she was six years old. It — whatever <i>it</i> was — jumped onto her sleeping body, stifling her movement and speech with its weight. She awoke frightened, seeking an explanation.<p>Everyone in Abruzzo, a small city in southeastern Italy, told said …

NASA's Fermi Satellite Completes Map Of The Sky; Finds Mysterious, Unknown Monster

For a long time, astronomy was limited to the light we could see. Telescopes were huge improvements over the human eye, capable of gathering much greater amounts of light due to their large apertures. As our technology progressed, we realized that the light our eyes are sensitive to is just a <i>tiny</i> …

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

The United States of America has arguably done more to advance science in the modern world than any other country on earth. From the nimble ingenuity of Silicon Valley to the ascendency of US military technology, this nation has impeccable high-tech bona fides. Many of the world’s top engineering …